With Sox’ John Danks expected back Friday, Chris Sale forced to miss start
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 21, 2013 10:33PM
White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale works in the first inning of the Chicago White Sox 4-3 extra inning win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday April 7, 2013 at US Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
AT WHITE SOX
The facts: 7:10 p.m., CSN,
The starters: Clay Buchholz
(6-0, 1.78 ERA) vs. Hector
Santiago (1-2, 2.78).
Updated: June 23, 2013 6:44AM
The impending return of John Danks, a no-hitter taken into the seventh by Jose Quintana and a second straight victory against the Boston Red Sox were too much fresh good news.
Mixed in was one rotten and troubling development: Ace lefty Chris Sale has mild tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder and will miss his scheduled turn in the series finale against Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz on Wednesday.
Sale promised to make his next scheduled turn against the Cubs next Tuesday.
Sale (5-2, 2.53 ERA), who missed time with a tender elbow last season, said the shoulder wasn’t normal the day after his last start Friday, when he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
He couldn’t throw his normal side session or throw long toss.
‘‘I had to change my regimen around it,’’ he said. ‘‘At the end of the day . . . I would rather miss this one than one down the road, or possibly do something we don’t want to do.’’
Hector Santiago (1-2, 2.78), who couldn’t finish the fourth inning against the Angels on Saturday, will start Wednesday on three days’ rest.
‘‘You’re just extra careful with somebody with his talent and his age ,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘It’s probably something he can pitch with, but it’s us being very cautious with him.’’
Danks due Friday
Danks is expected to make his first start of the season Friday against the Miami Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox will wait until after the game Wednesday to make it official.
Danks, who had shoulder surgery in August, hasn’t pitched since he beat the Cubs last May 19 at Wrigley Field, where he lines up for his second start next Wednesday.
‘‘It’s been a long, lost season, and it’s hard to watch. I’m getting excited about getting back out there,’’ Danks said Tuesday after throwing a side session in the bullpen under the watch of Ventura, pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen.
Danks was 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA between his Class AA and AAA starts. In 22 2/3 innings, he struck out 15 and walked 13. He is confident his stuff is good enough to be effective.
This and that
Quintana (3-1, 3.48) threw at least 6 1/3 innings for the sixth time in his short career without allowing a run.
◆ Jeff Keppinger hit his first homer since connecting against Sale last Sept. 29 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
◆ Jesse Crain, who struck out both hitters he faced to clean up Quintana’s bases-loaded jam, has 17 consecutive scoreless appearances.
◆ The Sox won their first home series since April 5-7 against the Seattle Mariners.
◆ Adam Dunn can swing a bat, but his sore back prevents him from sitting on the bench. Dunn (0-for-4) struck out twice and flied out deep to right.